By Omar Rafik, SolarWinds Senior Manager, Federal Sales Engineering
Here’s an interesting blog about log analytics, one of my favorite topics.
Log analytics are fast becoming a critical component of an agency’s monitoring and management infrastructure. The ability to unify log monitoring and log analytics, then aggregate, structure, and summarize log data is key. If the federal IT pro can visualize the data to understand baseline and historical activity, it becomes that much easier to answer questions, spot trends, and uncover security and performance anomalies.
IT operations teams depend on log analytics to help them be more proactive in application, performance, and security monitoring. Federal IT management can use log analytics for insight into how end users are interacting with new capabilities or technologies.
Log Analytics Basics
Historically, there is an incredible amount of information available, usually devoid of a streamlined structure, and lacking a way to analyze the data as a whole. Security threats are often lost in a sea of other less-critical alerts.
There are specific advantages to be gained from log analytics that can help your agency maximize application performance and cybersecurity protection benefits.
Proactive IT monitoring solutions for government agencies let users view application performance, system behavior, and any kind of unusual activity across the entire application stack. The ability to simultaneously monitor application resources and metrics provides the opportunity to eliminate issues before they affect performance.
Another benefit of proactive monitoring is anomaly detection. The advantage here is being able to create alerts based on search patterns and thresholds for specific log metrics beyond those occurrences that traditionally trigger alerts.
Unifying, aggregating, structuring, and analyzing log data provides the opportunity for advanced troubleshooting. With log analytics, you have a baseline. With this level of insight, you can trace issues down to their root cause. You can see how your components interact, then identify correlations. Then, you can view the surrounding events that occurred just before or after a critical event, and more effectively pinpoint the problem.
Data analysis and reporting
Ideally, federal IT pros will have access to broad and unmatched visibility into traces, logs, metrics, and the digital experience—as well as a high-level dashboard that allows for easy information digestion and dissemination.
Dashboards that provide a unified view across all log data and other statistics is ideal. Customization is also key, so you can create individualized filters specific to your department or agency—even going so far as to use structured, unstructured, and semi-structured log data to create charts that are most relevant to your mission.
Finally, the ability to look at trending and analysis on growth rates is helpful. With or without predictive analysis tools, having a histogram to visualize a rate of growth can further enable your lifecycle management and capacity planning.
Log analytics can help you navigate the reams of log data successfully so you can focus on enhanced application performance, more effective tracking of anomalies to be sure they’re not cybersecurity-related, and create actionable reports that can serve to enhance your agency’s infrastructure.
Find the full article on our partner DLT’s blog Technically Speaking.
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